One of the pastors at Concord Baptist Church, Drew Scott, and his wife, Amy, always knew they wanted to adopt children. They have adopted two children and want to adopt a third, but it's a costly process.
So Drew has created a small business—inspired by his son, Jonathan—to raise funds for the adoption.
When the couple adopted their second child— a girl named Salem—they needed to move their son from the nursery to his own bedroom.
And what started as a barn-themed room soon changed into a barn-shaped headboard and then morphed into a barn bed.
Drew designed the barn bed to fit in a small space. It is part bunk bed, part play/storage space, part bookshelf.
He worked on his son's bed for about a month, only on the weekends. He built it in his driveway, designing a ramp—which looks like a chicken run—so that his young son wouldn't have to climb up and down a ladder. Under the ramp, there is a bookshelf. Under the bed, there is storage or play space.
The end result was a unique, handcrafted, fun bed for Jonathan.
Over the years, visitors to the Scott house asked about the bed. The kids who visited loved it. And inevitably, parents asked where the Scotts got the bed.
So when Drew and Amy began thinking about how to raise money for their next adoption, they thought about the barn bed.
"It's something that never would have started out as a business," he said. "Barnbeds was born as a business out of our desire to adopt again."
Now, Drew is hoping to sell about 18 beds at about $1,499 each. That's how much the couple needs to fund the adoption.
Drew recently took a display bed to the Fall Hodgepodge Arts and Crafts Festival on Signal Mountain, and there was a good amount of interest. He got feedback that girls might want a castle bed instead of a barn bed. So he has designed a castle bed that area residents can order.
Drew is a one-man business, so he is taking orders as they come.
A $400 deposit will get a customer a place in line for Drew to start building, and—as long as he isn't overwhelmed with tons of orders—the bed can be ready in about four weeks. Drew will deliver it and set it up.
There are some customized portions of the beds, such as color and which side the ramp is on.
He hasn't built a castle bed yet, but he's thinking that the cost will be $1,599 with a $400 deposit.
He's a little worried that people might wait until closer to the holiday season to place orders, but anyone who wants a bed soon should go ahead and place orders because he is building one bed at a time.
Drew said that the beds meet all the government regulations for safety, which was important for him. And although the beds may look big, they are designed to fit in a 10-by-12 square foot room.
"It's a lot of fun to build them, and it's a lot of fun to imagine more kids playing in them," he said.
The Scotts always knew they wanted to adopt, but they initially thought they would also have biological children. They had trouble getting pregnant and then went forward with their adoptions. And Drew said that God had prepared the couple's heart for adoption, even before they knew they wouldn't have biological children.
"That's how God is building our family," he said. "We are very blessed to have our family built this way."
Updated @ 12:14 p.m. on 10/25/13 to correct a typographical error.
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